Update: El Paso ISD, Socorro ISD voted in favor of mask mandate

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Two of the largest school districts in El Paso voted in favor of issuing mask mandates on Tuesday.

After a meeting over mask mandates at the El Paso Independent School District and the Socorro Independent School District, a decision was made in favor of mask requirements.

The El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees held a meeting Tuesday evening to discuss possibly taking legal action against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order.

Executive Order GA-38 prohibits government entities, including school districts from mandating masks in schools. However, several counties across Texas have defied the order and implemented their own policies, following up with legal battles against the state.

This comes a day after El Paso City-County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza told City Council he was planning to implement a countywide mask mandate for indoor areas including schools, in El Paso.

City Council voted 5-to-3 to file a lawsuit against Abbott that would support local protective measures.

Last Tuesday, Socorro ISD Board of Trustees met to discuss and possibly take action on a district-wide mask policy, however did not take any action after discussion. The item was back on their agenda for Tuesday’s board meeting, where they voted for masks in schools.

Dallas County had issued mandates covering public schools, colleges, businesses and many government buildings.

On Sunday night, the Texas Supreme Court sided with the governor by temporarily striking down mask mandates in Dallas and Bexar counties.

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